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Muskrat -- texture by AtypicalAnimal Muskrat -- texture by AtypicalAnimal
I noticed there isn't a lot of muskrat here on dA, so I decided to post a picture displaying how soft and thick-furred they are. The one on the left is the top laid out flat; the bottom right pelt is the stomach fur, the top right is a rolled up view of the back fur so you can see how fluffy and soft it is. They're similar to beaver, but the fur is shorter and finer. I love muskrat :)



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Shriss Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Loves muskrat texture <3<3<3

Careful, don't over scrape, it's better to leave a tiny bit of meat on these you can sand it off later, after the tan.
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AtypicalAnimal Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ooh, are muskrat fragile? I've never fleshed one before.
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Shriss Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They have a flesh layer on thier backs thats attached very very tightly. It's really easy to scrape through at that point. I didn't know the borax trick yet though, when I last did muskrat, so maybe it's easier with that.

I just sanded it right off after the tan, it's so thin and non-fatty enough that my tanning chems did the job just fine with it on there.
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AtypicalAnimal Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
There's one that the skinner sliced a huge hole in. I'm thinking of splitting it and trying an alum tan on one side, a brain tan on the other, and seeing which I should use on all of them. Would a brain tan soak through flesh I leave on? I'd imagine so, since they're so small.
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Shriss Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have never honestly used a brain-tan to good effect. I'm tempted as heck to send a good tanning kit your way as partial payment for my pelts.
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AtypicalAnimal Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Really? From what I've heard it produces the nicest tans you can get. Does it turn out stiff or something?
This is why I'm doing the really nice pelts last, lol.
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Shriss Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I've never had real brains to work with, just egg and oil soap.
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AtypicalAnimal Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hmm. I've done brain tans with egg yolk, too, and not gotten good results. However, I was talking with some of the other dealers and doing research online and people still swear by it. I wonder if it has to be actual brains, or else it doesn't work well? I'm going to see about picking up some at a butcher shop or something.
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Shriss Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am anxious to see the results of your experiments , it's possible you will have great sucess. I haven't smoked a pelt yet, maybe thats whre I'm going wrong. I have head that it can be hard to get hair-on brain tan pelts soft enough, and thats why they usually use it for hair off leather.

I was just thinking of the tanning chems because you have so many pelts to do.
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